"Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd slammed the Trump administration for saying it is not the time to discuss gun control, following the mass shooting in Las Vegas that took the lives of at least 59 people and injured more than 500 others.
"When planes flew into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon did we say now is not the time to talk about terrorism or homeland security?" Todd asked Tuesday on MSNBC. "When our banking system nearly collapsed in 2008 did we say now is not the time to talk about financial regulation?"
Todd listed several more issues, including the Equifax security breach, North Korea launching longer range missiles, and Russia's interference via social media during the 2016 election.
"The point is, this is exactly the time to start talking about any issue," he said. "If we wait until cooler heads prevail, we never talk about it."
WATCH @chucktodd: "When planes flew into the World Trade Center did we say now is not the time to talk about terrorism? When our banking system nearly collapsed in 2008 did we say now is not the time to talk about financial regulation?" pic.twitter.com/NNCRUESuQg— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 3, 2017
President Trump said Tuesday evening that a debate on gun control may happen, but "not for now," according to Reuters.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed these sentiments, but that the time was not appropriate in the wake of mourning.
"Today is more, again, like I said, a day of reflection, a day of mourning, a day of gratefulness for those that were saved," Sanders said during the White House press briefing Monday. "I think that there will be certainly time for that policy discussion to take place, but that's not the place that we're in at this moment. Certainly, I think there's a time for that to happen."
The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel Sunday night upon concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. The suspect was later found dead in his hotel room by law enforcement.